Friday, 3 July 2015

A bad week for the Named Person

The UK Column News, 03 July 2015, is worth watching in full and covers the fraudulent eviction of an elderly man, assisted by the police, without any sign of a warrant or other legal documents. There is some coverage of the George Osborne £12 billion budget cuts which will hit families and children.

Named Person

For those who do not have the time, the Named Person in Scotland news starts about 27 minutes.

The Named Person has been much in the news this week due to the analysis of responses to the consultation on the draft statutory guidance.(Parts 4, 5 and 18, Section 96) At a glance it can be seen that those who are for the legislation are the organisations who will benefit from it, whereas 98% of individual members of the public who responded to the consultation opposed the Act.

David Scott felt it had been a good week in Scotland: warm weather, thunderstorms and a push back from the general public against the Named Person policy.

One example was the Hampden park event where parents were provided with a rather childish pamphlet to explain the Named Person and £25 for turning up to hear the official line, but the event did not go exactly according to plan. Officials lost the argument in their own PR campaign against an informed public. "How safe is your child going to be around the Named Person? Can you trust them? How well are they vetted?" officials were asked. "Do not worry; they are professionals," was the response.

"Wasn`t Harold Shipman a professional?"

Jumping on a bit, there is another example. Kaye Adams` BBC radio programme was flooded by callers expressing their anxiety and disapproval of the Named Person scheme. "It was a beautiful moment in the world of radio," said David Scott. "Nobody rang in to support it."

In a programme that looked as if it had been designed to demolish the opposition; the acting Minister, Fiona McLeod; apostle for the scheme, Bill Alexander and the Children First apologist, were vague and evasive in their responses. To her credit, Kaye Adams did press them and insisted they answer questions. When the head of Fife Child Protection was asked could parents say `No` if they did not want to interact with the Named Person, he said they could not. "Throughout the programme, little bits of the truth kept coming out," said David Scott.

"We have to inject the truth back into the BBC," said Brian Gerrish. "Many are deeply ignorant. They do not actually know what the truth is, because they listen to the BBC... The government wants control of the children."

Background to the Named Person

David Scott explained that the Named Person policy came from Labour along with a pool of ideas such as the Third Way and the Enabling State and was probably passed on to the SNP by the civil service. The SNP suddenly found themselves in government in 2007 and needed a new model of government. Having promoted the Named Person for eight years the SNP cannot get out of it. Meanwhile Labour MSP Ken Macintosh, who is making a bid for the Labour leadership, is demanding a review of the Named Person plans. The Conservatives are coming out to formally reject it.

 Brian Gerrish agreed that policy does not come from parties, it comes from deep within the civil service.

Police Scotland
Police Scotland has also been voicing concerns about the Named Person scheme, otherwise its attempt to cover up child abuse leaves much to be desired.

For instance, police officers have been working with Google to stamp out reporting of the Hollie Greig case. One blogger in particular had his blog shut down for some weeks and has been served with further notices from Police Scotland. According to his lawyer he has broken no law. Police Scotland has since tried to cover up its actions in the matter.

For those who cannot read the text in the screen shot:

Traffic Data:

"We request that you do not disclose the existence of this request and the production of records. Any such disclosure could impede the investigation being conducted and thereby interfere with the enforcement of the law."

"There is no investigation of the Hollie Greig case," said Brian Gerrish.

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